Yep – eating a spoonful of honey every day provides many health benefits. Honey has been used for its nutritional benefits since ancient times, and can help in the treatment of many clinical conditions.
The first thing most people think about honey is its “sugar” content because the main components in honey are carbohydrates in the form of glucose and fructose.
The sugar content can be misleading, and you should be cautious if you’re a diabetic, but there’s more to this story.
Honey (like any carbohydrate) raises blood sugar, but not as fast as sugar. The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to no more than 6 teaspoons (2 tablespoons) for women and 9 teaspoons (3 tablespoons) for men.
So, a spoonful of honey can be a better choice for diabetics.
Honey Versus Sugar
I always recommend allowing your body to be its own processing plant – this is why eating unprocessed foods and raw foods is so important. The way your body assimilates unprocessed foods is very different from how it benefits from foods that have already been processed.
Your body burns calories when it processes raw foods itself. If you eat pre-processed food, the work has already been done, so your body stores the processed carbs and fats – it can’t break down what’s already been broken down, and, hence, it burns less calories.
Under normal circumstances, raw organic honey contains living nutrients that actually stabilize your blood sugar and burn body fat.
Sugar spikes blood sugar levels and increases body fat.
The living nutrients in raw organic honey stimulate your body’s metabolism and increase its fat-burning capability. So honey is a better choice than sugar when you sweeten your food and drinks.
What Do You Know About Honey?
- Honey is loaded with live enzymes.
- Metal spoons destroy these enzymes, so always use a wooden or plastic spoon with your honey.
- Manuka honey from Australia and New Zealand is the best honey for your brain health because it is made by bees that pollinate the native tea tree, also known as the leptospermum scoparium bush.
- Honey has been shown to improve your memory and slows down cognitive decline.
- Propolis produced by bees is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics on Earth.
- Honey is considered a rare Earth food.
- Honey is the only food that will never rot and can last 3000 years!
- Honey provides all the nutrients your body needs to survive, which means that you can theoretically live on honey alone!
- During famines in Africa, honey has saved many people from starvation.
- Honey has no expiration date.
- The saying “honeymoon” began when newlyweds ate honey for fertility.
- Bees live less than 40 days, but visit over 1,000 flowers in that time period.
- In the past, great emperors were covered in honey during burial to prevent decay in the grave.
- The healing property of honey comes from its antibacterial qualities, which can keep a wound moist.
As bee populations drop around the world, help protect them and give them the space they need to thrive. Thank the bees for your healthy spoon of honey, honey.
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